Historic Hood River
This 1911 postcard shows two lost arts: postcard writing and cursive writing. We say the front side of the card here, but the reverse tells an important story if you care to spend the time reading it. I’ve bumped up the contrast to make it a little easier to decipher, and her handwriting is pretty nice.
The card is from Horatio Davidson’s wife Mary to Daisy Davidson back in Ohio. She talks about selling the Powerdale power station Davidson was instrumental in constructing back in 1904, which we saw in this image (one of my favorites). You also learn about the family’s health, and a trip to Portland to buy three automobiles for their business.
Postcards with messages are always more fun than the unused ones people put in albums. I’ve looked at this one many times before but didn’t get far enough into the squiggles to realize this is someone we know writing about interesting local subjects.